Among all the movies that are viewed and the Bollywood celebrating Lohri, we have always wondered why is it considered auspicious.
It is the onset of the harvest season. It is that time of the year when people offer prayers and thanks to God for the crops before harvesting them. The festival of Lohri celebrates harvesting and crop growing. Celebrated with immense enthusiasm in Punjab, this festival is a day of thanksgiving for farmers. Lohri is believed to the longest night of the year according to the Lunar calendar.
It is an occasion to celebrate the harvest of rabi crops, those which are sown in winter. So the highlight of this festival is winter foods like sarson (mustard leaves), sesame, whole wheat and spinach. Til (sesame) and rorhi (jaggery) are eaten as traditional foods. The words til and rorhi together make ’tilorhi’, and eventually got rechristened to Lohri, it is believed.
Bonfire is an important part of this festival and considered essential for the ones that seek it as an escape from the winter chill, but for the farmers it is to harvest new crops. It symbolizes Agni, the God of Fire. People gather around the bonfire, sing songs and throw in foods like gajak, chikki, puffed rice, popcorn, rewri, sesame seeds, jaggery, peanuts and sugarcane to pay homage to roots. As part of the festivities, dinner is served after the bonfire ritual. The dinner typically includes ‘Sarson ka Saag and Makki ki Roti’, a Punjabi winter treat loved everywhere in the world.
According to folklore, the flames of the fire are known to carry messages to the sun which is why the day after Lohri is warm and sunny bringing an end to “gloomy” winter days. The following day is celebrated as ‘Makar Sankranti’ to mark the beginning of bright days ahead.
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